Image by Martin Joffe
Join a group of photographers on the 14th of June when we travel to Long Island to photograph nesting birds at Nickerson Beach.
This a FREE event. However, you will probably encounter tolls and possibly parking fees. (If I recall correctly, we should arrive before the parking lot attendees arrive so we shouldn't have to pay for parking. )
Here are a few images taken on past visits to Nickerson Beach.
Saturday, June 14th is our scheduled day but I'm setting aside Sunday, June 15th as a rain date and a possible back up date if anyone wants to return for a second bite of the apple.
We will have the opportunity to photograph Black Skimmers, Common Terns with chicks, American Oyster Catchers and possibly some migratory fly-ins. We should have the opportunity to photograph these birds engaging in courtship, breeding, feeding young, flight and feeding activities.
Because of the distance to Nickerson Beach and travel cost to get there, we're suggesting car pooling. As we get closer to the day of the event, I'll set up a meeting place in New Jersey where we can leave some cars and continue on in car pools. It there are other photographers, coming from the New York side of the Hudson, I'll set up a second meeting spot for purposes of car pooling.
By leaving at 6 a.m. , we'll have more than enough time to meet, drive to Nickerson Beach, stop at a bait shop to pick up some bait fish and drive to Nickerson Beach. Once there, we'll take a short walk out onto the beach and the protected nesting area.
We'll then be able to photograph some birds nesting, some with chicks and some searching for food along the shoreline taking advantage of low and outgoing tides.
We'll finish photographing when the sun gets too strong for good bird photography and we'll head over to a local restaurant for a group breakfast. After our late breakfast, we'll head back home.
You should wear shoes and clothes suitable for walking on a sandy beach. Waterproof boots will prove invaluable to shore line photography. One key article of clothes is a hat to protect yourself from the sun as well as aerial attacks by protective adult birds.
While we will be able to get relatively close to birds, short lenses will be useless and the shortest lens that you should plan on bringing is a 70 - 200. Bring an extender and/or a longer lens if you have one. You'll also want a towel or rag to clean off the camera equipment. If you're comfortable using a flash in fill flash mode, bring it.
Bring your tripod even though most of your shooting will be hand help.
Last but not least, bring something to drink.
Hope you're able to join us.
Since this is a weather dependent event, I will contact everyone on Wednesday, June 11th with a go/no go decision.
Martin Joffe and Eric Dong